Tourism

Visitors’ non-gaming spending rises 13.6 pct in 2018

Visitors’ non-gaming spending rose by 13.6 percent to 69.7 billion patacas (US$ 8.7 billion) last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced.

25 Feb, 2019

SJM vows completion of Karl Lagerfeld Hotel in Cotai

Gaming operator SJM said in a statement Wednesday that it was saddened by the news of the passing away of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, saying that the Karl Lagerfeld Hotel at its under-construction Grand Lisboa Palace in Cotai will be a legacy to the couturier’s creative genius.

21 Feb, 2019

Record 1.2 million visit during CNY

A total of 1.21 million Chinese New Year (CNY) visitor arrivals passed through Macau’s seven border checkpoints between Chinese New Year’s Eve last Monday and Sunday.

12 Feb, 2019

Over 1 million CNY visitors in 6 days: MGTO

Macau recorded 1.048 million Chinese New Year (CNY) visitor arrivals between Monday and Saturday last week, an increase of 27.4 percent compared with last year’s CNY holiday period.

11 Feb, 2019

Listed buildings can become hotels: bill

The Executive Council has announced that the government has drafted a bill regulating the city’s hotel sector, which proposes that hotels will be allowed in heritage-protected buildings.

4 Feb, 2019

Hotels report record 14.1 million guests in 2018

Macau’s 116 hotels and guesthouses reported a record 14.1 million guests last year, up by 7.2 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Wednesday.

31 Jan, 2019

Aviation regulator approves 198 additional CNY flights

The Macau Civil Aviation Authority (AACM) said yesterday that it has approved 198 extra and charter flights due to the Chinese New Year holiday period’s increased demand.

30 Jan, 2019

Record 35.8 million visit Macau last year

Macau hosted a record 35.8 million visitor arrivals last year, a year-on-year increase of 9.8 percent, the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) announced Wednesday citing official figures released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) on the same day.

24 Jan, 2019

Govt open to discuss tourist entry fee, wants ‘better tourists’: Tam

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said the government was open to discussing lawmaker Agnes Lam Iok Fong’s recent proposal to charge tourists an entry fee in an attempt to control the number of visitor arrivals.

22 Jan, 2019

Tourism chief welcomes competition among airlines

Macau’s top tourism official welcomed competition among airlines using the local airport, saying that it was “always advantageous to have more competition” as it would raise service quality.

18 Jan, 2019

Mainlander dies after brawl in illegal inn: police

A 47-year-old male mainlander died Tuesday after an argument which deteriorated into a brawl with two compatriots in a residential unit used as an illegal inn in Taipa, the Judiciary Police (PJ) said in a statement Tuesday.

16 Jan, 2019

Curbing tourism would affect Macau’s image: MGTO chief

Any attempts to curb Macau’s visitor numbers would affect the city’s international tourism image, Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Monday.

15 Jan, 2019

Group starts online vote on 8 scenic spots

The online global voting on Macau’s eight new scenic spots will start today, as the event’s organiser, the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (CCEA), launched the voting website and social media platforms Monday.

15 Jan, 2019

Tourist arrivals rise 16 pct over New Year holiday

Macau recorded 528,369 tourist arrivals between last Saturday and New Year’s Day, according to immigration statistics released through the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS) Wednesday.

3 Jan, 2019

Delta bridge opening raises visitor arrivals: govt

In the wake of the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) on October 24, Macau’s visitor arrivals rose by 15.3 percent year-on-year to 3.26 million last month, while month-to-month growth reached 3.6 percent

28 Dec, 2018

Macau government expects visitor numbers to reach 35 million in 2018

By the end of 2018, the number of visitors having walked the streets and shops of Macau will have increased by more than 7% over last year.

27 Dec, 2018

Govt axes Taipa ‘Ocean World’ land concession

The government Wednesday announced the annulment of the land concession of a long-undeveloped plot of land east of the entrance to the Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge at the northern coast of Taipa, which was initially slated for an “Ocean World” theme park project when its land concession was granted over two decades ago.

20 Dec, 2018

MGTO to launch ‘chatbots’ answering tourists’ enquiries

The Macau Government Tourism Office announced that it will install a number of robots that can answer people’s enquiries about tourism information – by listening to oral speech – in various locations in the city.

13 Dec, 2018

Grand Prix Museum revamp to cost 830 million patacas: tourism chief

Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said in the legislature’s hemicycle Tuesday that the revised 830 million pataca budget – an increase of 176 percent from the initial budget – to revamp the Grand Prix Museum in Zape is due to the “most ideal” design of the project.

5 Dec, 2018

Secretary Tam backs criminalisation of illegal inns

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said in the legislature’s hemicycle Tuesday that he agrees with the view raised in civil society that illegal inns should be criminalised – by amending the law on the illegal provision of accommodation services.

5 Dec, 2018